Updated: Apr 5
So what's with 365 Days of art?
Well I create five pieces of art a week, one of which I'll show you how to do. It's all about inspiration and a love of creating.
Have a go with me or just sit back and be inspired.
I'm taking my tasks from the fabulous artist and art author Lorna Scobie.
I also have a Facebook page thingy-majiggy. If you like what I do, then head on over and give us a like, you'll never miss out that way.
Task; Calligraphy Practice
Want to display your beautiful words with all the gorgeous pazza they deserve, or just fill your home with phrases you love, or with filthy swear words everyone else will hate. Well come on down folks to the Greatest Show on Earth*.
*Not actual Greatest Show on Earth, that was just hyperbole, I thought I'd join the most popular club in the world today, also hyperbole.
Mark out the words in pencil before anything or you could free-hand it like a fucking renegade hero. Just don't blame me when you're having to cram your last word onto the page like a Etonian with pork.
What do I know, I'm just a nerd with a pencil.
Get some Art Masking fluid, (click the link for that sweet info).
Lightly 'paint' over the words. You're creating a seal over the words so when we go boo-loo with watercolours the words under neath stay nice and dry.
Tip; Use that shit old paint brush, the one your kid got off a magazine front or pocketed from school, just something you don't mind throwing away. Masking fluid is the pigeon of the art world, it will shit on every brush you love.
Wet your page.
Not in a porn way, by spitting and lube but with love and water.
Get watercolours and go to town.
I've gone with a space theme because that best suited the quotes, but also space is fucking awesome.
Keep a light hand, the paint will do a lot of the work for you. Like N.E.R.D says, It wants to move. Just keep adding, the paper can take it. Any mistakes get the loo roll out and dab. I mixed navy blue with purple and a touch of teal.
Tip; Darker edges will draw the eye into the center of the painting.
So let the painting dry.
Get some white acrylic paint and water it down. Dig out a big-arse brush and be brave. Flicking white paint at your picture is terrifying the first time you do it, but nothing beats it for making stars.
Let it dry again and then rub off the masking fluid, be gentle.
Then Boom! One gorgeous looking quote to boss instagram with.
Task; Colour in the waves
A watercolour and ink creation, is there anything else? I doodled the little people swimming, separately. So that that I could fit them in amongst the waves. I like the way they peek out. Interested in pool paintings? Here's a fabulous article, all about it.
Task: Textures Baby!
Always been wary of the old oil pastels. To wrangle them into anything looking like art I thought you'd have to have cavalier confiance just oozing out of every orifice and my confiance levels, (when it come to art) is less oozing ... more trickle like. But this was fun, the oil pastels invite speed and coias , and that translates into energy, something i know my arok could do with a shot of.
Task: Add flowers to a meadow
Simple and sweet. Pen and sharpie this time round.
Task: More Calligraphy...
Not so simple and sweet. Calligraphy with a real arse calligraphy pen, nib and all is like a flat earther... a fucking challenge to get coherent words out of them. But I persisted and here it is. A quote from my debut book.
Violence rarely inches up from miles away, asks for an appointment that best suits you. It hides in the blind spots of our lives.
That's it folks
... Join me next week when I explore self love, calming colours and experimental art textures.
But if you can't wait, here is where it all began Week 1.